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The famous Fifth Floor
Although Harvey Nichols is most distinguished for the
fashion retail side of the business, the top floors of all
Harvey Nichols full-size stores feature Harvey Nichols
restaurants, bars, cafes, wine shops and food markets
which have become popular destinations in their own
right. If you start to feel a little peckish from all the
energy you’ve expended whilst shopping in the London
store, the Fifth Floor is the place to go. It’s all about Food
on the famous Fifth Floor with a restaurant, cafe and roof
terrace, champagne bar, foodmarket and wine shop.
Looking out over Knightsbridge from the roof terrace, the
chic and airy fifth floor cafe provides the perfect respite
from all that shopping, serving beautiful afternoon tea in
a relaxed and informal setting. In fact, the cafe menu can
change up to four times a day to accommodate breakfast,
elevenses, lunch and dinner, so no matter what time you’re
in need of refreshment; you’re in for a treat. From the
open plan kitchen, a delicious array of European inspired
dishes is served throughout the day. The diverse range of
sandwiches on offer on the Fifth Floor is nothing short
of incredible and packed full of delicious fillings to leave
you feeling truly satisfied. We can vouch for the fact that
these bespoke takeaway sandwiches created to exacting
requirements are extremely popular with hungry shoppers
on the go.
Whilst browsing the tempting and colourful aisles in the
Fifth Floor Foodmarket, we discovered a vibrant menu
of original, seasonal and downright delicious fare. In
keeping with the Harvey Nichols commitment to quality,
the Foodmarket is the place to stock up if you’re serious
about food and take great pleasure from both cooking and
eating. At the Deli counter our senses were awakened by
a dazzling display of fresh Taramasalata and Tzatziki dips
alongside freshly prepared food like stuffed aubergines
and peppers, delicious chorizo and vegetable salad, BBQ
chickens and mouth-watering salmon fish cakes. We
know they were delicious and mouthwatering because
we sampled them for ourselves! We took a little time to
appreciate the stunning selections of cheese, bread, fruit,
vegetables, wine, meat and fish on display which were
extremely impressive in their diversity.
Such a perfect day
Having exhausted the Fifth Floor – well until dinner at
least – we were off in search of scented candles. No mean
feat when you are presented with such a vast choice. This
was followed by a good forty-five minutes exploring the
latest Anya Hindmarch collection – well we did warn you
not to stop at Harvey Nichols unless time is on your side!
Next stop was the homeware department. Now I confess
not to be too enamored by such departments usually,
but then this is no usual homeware department and it’s
strange how you never realised you needed a suede pot
holder until you stumble across one! I persuaded Jordana
the vintage cake stand and Riedel Champagne flutes
were sufficient purchases and maybe we should leave the
elaborate candlesticks – believe me when I say it’s easy to
get carried away by the whole Harvey Nichols experience.
After a fantastic day shopping and having heard so much
about it, we decided to stay on for dinner at the famous
Harvey Nichols Restaurant.
A healthy approach to food is evident in Executive
Chef Jonas Karlsson’s menus inspired by seasonality
and sustainability. I opted for the Gressingham Duck
Breast with mediterranean fig and piquillo pepper bulgar
wheat whilst Jordan tucked into the West Coast Skate
accompanied by white bean purée, candied walnuts and
curry beurre noisette. Despite a mouth-watering selection
of desserts, having already had delicious sandwiches earlier
in the day – not to mention a few treats in the foodhall
during the afternoon – we settled upon sharing some
honeycomb cookies. It was the perfect finale to a perfect
day. Thank you
Harvey Nichols
The Harvey Nichols Group Limited is now owned by the
Hong Kong-based businessman Dr. Dickson Poon whose
retail businesses extend to North America, Europe, Japan,
China and South East Asia. Dr. Poon has been Chairman
of Harvey Nichols since October 1991 and Joseph Wan,
a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Arbitrator,
became Chief Executive of Harvey Nichols in August
1992, having previously been the group finance director of
Dickson Concepts for five years. Through a family trust,
Dr. Poon wholly owns Harvey Nichols Group Limited,
and he is the majority shareholder of Dickson Concepts
(International) Limited, which is listed on the Hong
Kong Stock Exchange, and S.T Dupont SA, which is
listed on the Paris Bourse.
With their incredible retail knowledge and with their
forward-thinking directorship, Harvey Nichols continues
to thrive and attract customers from all around the world
not just to its London flagship store but to its many other
successful stores across the globe. The Harvey Nichols
name is now truly synonymous with sheer quality and
luxury and everyone should indulge in a little luxury while
in London. We did and it was a thoroughly enjoyable
experience we would recommend to anyone. A&J would
like to thank everyone at Harvey Nichols for a pleasurable
day out.
I’ll look back with fond memories every time I use my
suede pot holder and am sure I’ll be back soon for more
much-needed homeware!
The London flagship store is located in the heart of Knightsbridge, London’s most fashionable and exclusive shopping
district, making it highly popular with tourists and UK visitors on a shopping expedition to the capital. Harvey Nichols
also has stores in Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds in the UK, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland,
a store in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in Hong Kong, China, in Dubai, UAE, Istanbul, Turkey, Jakarta, Indonesia and even a
store in Ankara, Turkey. That’s what we call a global success story!